In Florida, bicycles are legally considered vehicles and bicyclists are subject to the same traffic laws as the drivers of other vehicles. They are also afforded the same rights. Florida bicycle laws exist to protect the health and safety of cyclists and regulate a range of conditions including helmet requirements, lane sharing, and more. If you or a loved one was injured in a bicycle accident, our team at Charpentier Law Firm can help you understand your protections under the law and determine the optimal way to pursue your case. Our law firm has three conveniently located offices in Cocoa, Titusville, and Melbourne, FL, and can assist with any type of motor vehicle accident. Contact our firm online or call us at (321) 631-5446 to schedule a free case evaluation today.
Sharing the Road
On Florida roadways, the same rules apply to bicycles as other vehicles. Bicyclists are required to ride with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic controls, such as street lights and stop signs. They must also yield properly when entering a roadway or when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk. If a bicyclist cannot travel at the same speed as other traffic, they must ride in a designated bike lane or as close as safely possible to the edge of the roadway when no bike lanes are present. Florida bike laws allow for certain exceptions to this rule, including left turns and passing other bicycles or vehicles.
Understanding the bicycle laws in Florida can help you avoid an accident.
When riding on a sidewalk, a bicyclist has the same rights and responsibilities as a pedestrian. However, they must yield to the right-of-way to other pedestrians. Bicyclists are also required to give an audible signal before passing other pedestrians on sidewalks.
Florida Helmet Laws
In Florida, any bicycle rider or passenger under the age of 16 must wear a bicycle helmet that meets federal safety standards. The helmet must be properly fitted and fastened securely on the rider or passenger’s head by a strap. Law enforcement officers can stop and issue citations for failure to wear a proper helmet. Studies have shown that helmets reduce the risk of head and brain injury by up to 88 percent for bicyclists of all ages.
Required Equipment for Bicycles
By law, bicycles operated on roadways must meet certain equipment requirements, including:
- Lighting: Any bicycle operated between sunset and sunrise must have a lamp exhibiting white light on the front of the bike and both a red reflector and a lamp on the rear.
- Brakes: Every bicycle must have a brake or brakes that allow a rider to stop within 25 feet when travelling at 10 miles per hour on dry, clean, level pavement.
- Seating: Bicyclists must use a regular, fixed seat for riding.
If you are towing a trailer or using an attached seat for a passenger, the attachment must meet certain requirements as well.
Know Your Rights and Responsibilities
Understanding the bicycle laws in Florida can help you avoid an accident. If you are involved in a bicycle accident, our team can help you understand your rights. With a team of motor vehicle accident and personal injury attorneys, Charpentier Law Firm can help injured bicyclists collect when third-party negligence results in injuries. For more information about bicycling in Florida, or to schedule a free case review, call our office at (321) 631-5446 or contact us online today.